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‘Love a la Carte’: What’s love got to do with it

After four years of on-again off-again production, “Love a la Carte” directed by Tim McSpadden, has finally been completed and presented on the big screen. “Love a la Carte” premiered at the Super Saver Cinemas-8 on Saturday, February 4. A long time labor of love for director McSpadden, “Love a la Carte” began pre-production back in [...]

By |February 9th, 2013|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

2013 Desperado LGBT Film Festival Short Films: A fistful of movies

With eleven films to see and review, the 2013 lineup of short films screened at the Desperado LGBT film festival on Saturday, January 26 provided an opportunity to experience a newer and more optimistic side of LGBT filmmaking. Previous festivals offered a bevy of films dealing with acceptance, politics and gay rights, especially when gay [...]

By |February 4th, 2013|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews, Uncategorized|0 Comments

‘New World Order’: End of times Phoenix and a bleak biblical future

Faith-based films have always been a guilty pleasure of mine, beginning long ago when I would watch Davey and Goliath on Sunday mornings. Despite the warnings of his talking dog(?), Davey would derail trains, poison wells, burn down cities and cause grievous bodily injury to his best friends. But when it was over, Davey would [...]

By |December 20th, 2012|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

‘Wages of Sin’: Cute coed kidnapped by Sigmund Freud

The Presscott Film Festival has provided the best opportunity so far to observe indie film from across the US, and the globe for that matter. This year, I deliberately avoided many of the AZ indies (I’ve seen them already anyways) and sought out low budget, indie features from filmmakers I have never heard of. I [...]

By |November 9th, 2012|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

‘The Immigration Paradox:’ History of immigration in a PowerPoint presentation

Filmmaker Lourdes Lee Vasquez ventured downtown with her camera one day, hoping to capture some memorable footage of an immigration protest that happened to be taking place. When she arrived, Vasquez discovered (just as myself and several of my fellow film students did) that there is no fence to sit on, from whence a documentary [...]

By |October 21st, 2012|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

‘Copper Wind’: All-Arizona made western film premieres at Herberger Theatre

Arizona filmmaker Chaz Lee won't take ‘no’ for an answer, he won’t shirk a task and he wouldn’t let anything keep him from making his all-Arizona western film “Copper Wind,” or stop him from premiering it last Friday night at the Herberger Theatre in downtown Phoenix. From the get go, this was a project so overwhelming [...]

By |October 14th, 2012|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

‘Small, Beautifully Moving Parts’ – Discovering mothers and motherhood in Arizona

“Small, Beautifully Moving Parts” is an independent film by New York filmmakers Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson. The film screened at the 2012 Phoenix Film Festival back in April and has continued a successful film festival run, garnering accolades and awards ranging from Best Actress (Anna Margaret Hollyman) at the Fargo Film Festival and [...]

By |September 30th, 2012|Independent Film, Reviews|0 Comments

‘The Detectives Lover’: When light rail vs. b/w film; Noir the train shall meet

Local director Travis Mills returns to the big screen with his second feature in less than a year. Following the success of his first feature “The BIG Something,” which premiered in October of 2011, "The Detectives Lover" Screens this month at Filmbar with showings on July 5 and July 12 at 8pm. Shot entirely in [...]

By |July 3rd, 2012|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

‘A Man Called Nereus’: Riding coach on the intellectual plane

Screening at the 2012 Phoenix Comicon “A Man Called Nereus” premiered during the Thriller portion of the film festival. The story revolves around autistic, clairvoyant savant Nereus, and his adventures across the universe as he escapes from gangsters, is revered as a Mayan God and eventually reveals the ultimate truth. Chained to a table and [...]

By |May 29th, 2012|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

‘Smitty’ – First time filmmaker explores infamous Tucson crime

Like nearly every English student in America, Pima Community College student Marcos Vidal listened intently to the short story “Where are you going? Where have you been?” by Joyce Carol Oates. Although he found the story interesting, It wasn't until his instructor added that the ‘true crime’ events that inspired this story all took place [...]

By |March 23rd, 2012|Independent Film, Reviews|0 Comments